Dr. Robert Blum
Dr. Robert Blum, a dentist was born July 23, 1842, in Southeastern 
Russia, and is a son of A. and Julia (Schultz) Blum, both natives 
of Russia; he born in 1812, and she in 1818. The parents came to 
this country, with their family, in 1844, and first settled in 
Galveston, Texas, where the father dealt in furs for a number of 
years. At present he is a merchant in Tarpen Springs, Fla., and 
since his advent in this country he has made and lost three good 

Subject is the youngest of three living children Edward A., Amalia G. 
and Robert out of a family of fourteen children. The schools of New 
Orleans and St. Louis afforded our subject his means of education. 
While in the latter city, he apprenticed himself to a dentist there, 
and learned his profession. He afterward practiced dentistry in 
DuQuoin and Cairo, and in 1872 he came to Mt. Vernon, where he has 
followed his profession since. He was married, June 4, 1867, in DuQuoin, 
to Miss Alice Spotts, born February 8, 1844 in Greene County, Ill, and 
a daughter of Samuel Spotts, born May 7, 1812, in Delaware, an architect 
and builder by profession. He died July 31, 1864. Five children have 
come to bless this union May O., born May 5, 1868; Albert and Alfred, 
twins born September 2, 1869; Robert A. born January 1, 1874 and Guy E., 
born February 6, 1881. Mr. Blum is a member of the A. F. & A. M., and 
in politics is a Democrat. 

Source: History of Jefferson County Illinois 
By: William Henry Perrin, 1883
Submitted by Cindy Ford 

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